The Story of Moses Revisited
By Daniel Bierman
|Moses - Artist
José de Ribera
About six months ago when I re-read the story of Moses (Exodus 1-2) in my 1950s King James Version of the Bible, I was totally surprised that I now read the story with a completely new understanding. The story that unfolded for me is much more inspiring and somewhat of an awakening. The way it was explained to me in church went something like this: A Pharaoh ordered all the newborn Hebrew boys to be killed because the Hebrews were getting too powerful. So when Moses was three months old, his mother set him afloat in a basket on the Nile River to where the Pharaoh’s daughter found him and raised him as her own.
To begin, I want to focus on the School of Prophets who later were called the Essenes. This was a group composed of Hebrews and Gentiles. During Moses’ time they were preparing for the deliverer. Edgar Cayce’s reading (254-109) states,
Now let’s take a look at the real story that I’ve uncovered using history, the Bible, and Edgar Cayce’s readings. To understand the sequence of events in the life and birth of Moses, we have to go back into the biblical history that refers to Melchizedek, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.
“So were those of the various groups, though their purpose was of the first foundations of the prophets as established, or as understood from the school of prophets, by Elijah; and propagated and studied through the things begun by Samuel. The movement was not an Egyptian one, though adopted by those in another period—or an earlier period—and made a part of the whole movement… This was the beginning of the period where women were considered as equals with the men in their activities, in their abilities to formulate, to live, to be, channels. They joined by dedication—usually by their parents.”
Later in the same reading Edgar Cayce states, “These were set aside for preserving themselves in direct line of choice for the offering of themselves as channels through which there might come the new or the divine origin, see?” This group of men, women, and children including Jochebed (Moses’ mother) and her family, dedicated their lives to a way of living that would bring greater understanding to themselves about the prophecy and its fulfillment in understanding Moses’ birth.
I believe Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, as well as Jochebed, Miriam, and Aaron were part of this group who lived to prepare themselves to help fulfill the prophecy. From reading (3659-1): For, before that the entity was in the Palestine land as a companion of Miriam, who aided in directing spiritual precepts, yea in the tenets of the law that Miriam’s mother and brethren gave to those peoples.” The training and dedication of this group is paramount in understanding the birth of Moses.
|Joseph and His Brethren
Welcomed by Pharaoh,
watercolor by James Tissot
Looking back at why and when the promise of a deliverer came about, we can focus on Jacob’s lifetime as the story and promise of the deliverer was revealed. Jacob had 12 sons and a daughter. The older sons were jealous of their father’s favorite younger son named Joseph. They conspired to sell Joseph into slavery and tell their father that wild animals had killed him. Joseph subsequently became the governor of Egypt. With the advent of a great famine, Joseph’s family came to Egypt for food. Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy grain. The brothers then found out their brother Joseph was not dead but was a very powerful man in Egypt. Joseph and the Pharaoh invited Jacob’s family and the Hebrews to come to Egypt. They settled in an area of the Nile Valley called Goshen (Cairo). After many years, as Joseph lay dying, he told the Hebrews that a deliverer would be sent to lead them back to Canaan. In Genesis 50:24, “And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” This was the promise to the Hebrews in Egypt of their deliverer.
Another group at this time was called the Hyksos, who were associated with Joseph and the Hebrews. The Hyksos basically dwelled in an area of Upper Egypt while the Hebrews inhabited the area of Ramses and Goshen of that area. Now, according to Exodus 1:8-9, “Now there arose a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said to his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we.” This new Pharaoh rose up, became fearful of the growing strength of the Hebrews and ordered that all newborn males be killed, in order to weaken the power of the Hebrews. This new Pharaoh was most likely Seqenenre Tao II. He made the decision to push the Hyksos out of Egypt. History does not mention a war against the Hebrews but it does mention a war against the Hyksos during that time period. The Hyksos were a mixed Semitic-Asiatic group of immigrants who came into Egypt and took on the Egyptian lifestyle. They were in Avaris, the Egyptians were in Thebes, and the Hebrews in Goshen. They helped Egypt by bringing the horse and chariot, new types of vegetables, composite bow, and humpback cattle into the Egyptian land. The Hyksos wanted more power. Apophis, the Hyksos’ ruler sent a message to Seqenenre Tao II complaining about the hippopotamus pool in Thebes. The Pharaoh didn’t take kindly to his message and started a rebellion to drive the Hyksos out of Egypt.
Hyksos? -Ibscha Relief Chnumhotep II. (6th Year of Sesostris II)
Above is an excerpt of an article in the Apr-Jun 13 issue of Venture Inward magazine. Members can read the entire story in the online Member Section.
Daniel Bierman lives in Katy, Tex., where he and his wife Mary host A Search for God study group, their most valued activity. The Biermans became Life Members in 1996 and Golden Circle members in 2012. Daniel has presented workshops on Creation, Atlantis, and Moses at the annual Southwest Region retreat. His Web site about Atlantis is at danielbierman.com.